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The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution (edición 1988)

por Thomas P. Slaughter

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In 1794, "the single largest example of armed resistance to a law of the United States between the ratification of the Constitution and the Civil War" occurred in four frontier counties of western Pennsylvania when angry farmers there refused to pay an excise tax on whiskey-- a tax recently enacted by the new Federal government in Philadelphia. Forming themselves into mobs and sometimes disguised as Indians in deliberate imitation of the Boston Tea Party, the farmers physically assaulted the excise collectors. The response of Washington's first administration to this "Whiskey Rebellion" was swift and dramatic- he ordered an army of 13,000 to march west and crush this rebellion, thereby establishing a range of precedents that continue to define federal authority over localities to this day. The author presents not only a major new scholarly interpretation of the event, but a bold bid to establish the rebellion as a paradigm for understanding the ongoing debate between the defenders of liberty and the advocates of order through the entire sweep of our nation's history. -- Howard Lamar, Book jacket. This book assesses the rebellion in relation to interregional tensions, international diplomacy, frontier expansion, republican ideology and the social and political conflict of the l780s -1790s.… (más)
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Título:The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution
Autores:Thomas P. Slaughter
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1988), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 300 pages
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Slaughter's book is the definitive treatment of the Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion arose in 1794 along the frontier and especially in western Pennsylvania in reaction to a federal excise tax on whiskey. Western farmers relied on whiskey as a crucial cash crop and even as a medium of exchange. An internal tax on this item was greatly resented as an imposition by a distant Eastern government that could not even protect the farmers from Indian attacks. A rebellion of sorts began when federal tax collectors attempted to enforce the law. The west saw the entire episode as a challenge to the liberty so recently won while the east saw it as a challenge to the very notion of ordered liberty.

Slaughter relates that the unrest reflected a strong and potentially significant rift between the eastern and western US. Westerners considered that the eastern leaders simply did not care about western problems. In the midst of the debate over the excise tax, St. Clair's Indian expedition met with disaster in the Ohio country - the most complete defeat of the US Army ever. As Slaughter tells it this defeat confirmed for westerners the inability of the central government to protect their interests.

By the time Washington marched his troops (derisively called the Watermelon Army) west, the rebellion had already moved from violence to a political phase but Washington wanted to make a point about central authority. Washington, a major absentee landowner, put down what was left of the rebellion with few casualties. Only a handful of rebels were taken into custody, fewer still were charged. The few that were convicted of treason were pardoned by Washington. Washington did not need to be punitive as he had already made his point with his army.

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In 1794, "the single largest example of armed resistance to a law of the United States between the ratification of the Constitution and the Civil War" occurred in four frontier counties of western Pennsylvania when angry farmers there refused to pay an excise tax on whiskey-- a tax recently enacted by the new Federal government in Philadelphia. Forming themselves into mobs and sometimes disguised as Indians in deliberate imitation of the Boston Tea Party, the farmers physically assaulted the excise collectors. The response of Washington's first administration to this "Whiskey Rebellion" was swift and dramatic- he ordered an army of 13,000 to march west and crush this rebellion, thereby establishing a range of precedents that continue to define federal authority over localities to this day. The author presents not only a major new scholarly interpretation of the event, but a bold bid to establish the rebellion as a paradigm for understanding the ongoing debate between the defenders of liberty and the advocates of order through the entire sweep of our nation's history. -- Howard Lamar, Book jacket. This book assesses the rebellion in relation to interregional tensions, international diplomacy, frontier expansion, republican ideology and the social and political conflict of the l780s -1790s.

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